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Written by Nathan Wertheimer
Longwood, FL — This political event was free and open to the general public at Lyman High School on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Roughly 340 people attended this event. There were only thirty candidates that were running attended this event. There were many candidates from different offices ranging from various city commissioners, county judges, state representatives, agriculture commissioner, US Senate, US House, and much more. Many attendees had a great time meeting and greeting with some of the candidates and their representatives. Even some of the candidates even handed out brochures, novelty items, candy, and much more.
While the Hob Nob, I was able to interview three random candidates running for an office in Seminole County. Otownfun.com had an exclusive because there were no other media outlets reporting at this event. These interviews were conducted by pre-written questions a head time of this event. I asked the candidates tens questions in the order that they were listed in.
The first candidate I interviewed was Edward Janowski running for US Senate for Florida. He is not affiliated with any party. Janowski is running as an independent candidate.
Q: Why do you feel you are the best candidate for this office? A: I don’t believe in the establishment.
Q: What are your three goals while in office? A: Re-establish the Republic, term limits, and lobbying transparency.
Q: Should there be term limits for certain elected positions? A: Well over due for term limits.
Q: Do you plan to work with other elected officials across party lines? A: Yes, remind both parties to work together.
Q: Have you ever had past political office experience? A: No, I have fresh ideas and a steep learning curve.
Q:Do you plan to take special interests money and gifts while in office? A: Absolutely not!
Q: Do you plan to raise taxes on citizens while in office? Absolutely not, I want to install a comprehensive flat tax plan.
Q: Are you a fiscal conservative person? A: Yes
Q: Do you have your own agenda while in office? A: Yes, refer to the second question.
Q: What are your views on immigration? A: There are different ways to handling refugees, illegals, and aliens. I want to listen to all feedback to find a solutions.
Overall, Janowski was very friendly and wants to change our society for the best. He said he is part of the working class. From his answers he is a type of person right in the middle between both sides. Janowski is running against Rick Scott and Bill Nelson for this seat in the US Senate. For more information on this candidate please visit www.janowskiforsenate2018.com .
Next, I interviewed Adam Pollack running for Circuit Court Judge, 18th Circuit Group 24.
Q: Why do you feel you are the best candidate for this office? A: Qualified, experienced, an expert criminal defense attorney, and the judge should follow the law.
Q: What are your three goals while in office? A: Operate an efficient courtroom, give all people a fair opportunity to be heard, and follow the law and not create it.
Q: Should there be term limits for certain elected positions? A: (Restricted from answering question)
Q: Do you plan to work with other elected officials across party lines? A: Everyone will be treated fairly.
Q: Have you ever had past political office experience? A: N/A
Q: Do you plan to take special interests money and gifts while in office? A: N/A
Q: Do you plan to raise taxes on citizens while in office? A: N/A
Q: Are you a fiscal conservative person? A: N/A
Q: Do you have your own agenda while in office? A: Follow the law and honor the United States Constitution.
Q: What are your views on the law? A: I’m committed to the justice system
Overall, Pollack talked about how he was very passionate about the law. He was unable to answer certain questions due to the Florida Statue. Pollack is running against sitting Judge Melissa Dyan Souto for this race. For more information on this candidate please visit www.pollackforjudge.com .
Finally, I interviewed Casselberry City Commissioner Anthony Aramendia. He is not affiliation with any party. Just a quick note I have known Aramendia for couple of years from many different City of Casselberry events. All of his questions were answered freely.
Q: Why do you feel you are the best candidate for this office? A: Already in the office for six years, previous grass roots volunteer, and involved in many non-profit organizations.
Q: What are your three goals while in office? A: Continue to improve City of Casselberry, being fiscally responsible to do so, and added attributes to the city
Q: Should there be term limits for certain elected positions? A: Generally for all, “When the fish stinks it is time to throw it away, which my mother said.”
Q: Do you plan to work with other elected officials across party lines? A: N/A
Q: Have you ever had past political office experience? A: Served 5 years on the City of Casselberry Planning and Zoning Committee
Q: Do you plan to take special interests money and gifts while in office? A: None
Q: Do you plan to raise taxes on citizens while in office? A: Never have, my record reflects that.
Q: Are you a fiscal conservative person? A: Always be responsible for everyone’s money
Q: Do you have your own agenda while in office? A: Only to move our committee forward.
Overall, Aramendia was very friendly as always. This gentlemen knows how to get the job done. This reflects around the City of Casselberry today. He is running against Neil Landgrebe to keep his city commission seat. For more information on this candidate please visit www.a4casselberry.com
During the evening most people voted in the straw poll. Anyone 18 years or older was able to vote. Only 328 people voted in this straw poll. Below is the total for straw poll based on Hob Nob night’s results. The Republicans Party held on to many of these races for the evening. Some races were very close. These results do not reflect the entire community as a whole. This polling is just a sampling of the Hob Nob voters. Seminole County is overall a Republican strong hold. Look for Democrats to take on the Republican seats up for grab in this year’s elections. The two races to watch for are the US Senate from Florida seat and the Florida Governor’s seat. Here are the results from this evening from the top winners:
US Senator (Florida) Race
REP Rick Scott – 185 (Winner)
DEM Bill Nelson – 89
US Representative – District 7 Race
REP Scott Sturgill – 125 (Winner)
REP Mike Miller – 92
DEM Stephanie Murphy – 70
Florida Governor’s Race
REP Adam Putnum – 120 (Winner)
REP Ron DeSantis – 56
DEM Gwen Graham – 40
Florida Attorney General Race
REP Ashley Moody – 121 (Winner)
REP Frank White – 68
DEM Sean Shaw – 32
Florida Chief Financial Officer Race
REP Jimmy Patronis – 185 (Winner)
DEM Jermey Ring – 65
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Race
REP Mat Caldwell – 108 (Winner)
DEM Nicole “Nikki” Fried – 41
REP Densie Grimley – 38
Florida House, District 28 Race
REP David Smith – 205 (Winner)
DEM Lee Hangold – 70
Florida House, District 29 Race
REP Scott Plaken – 196 (Winner)
DEM Tracey Kagan – 52
Florida House, District 30 Race
REP Bob Cortes – 200 (Winner)
DEM Joy Goff-Marcil – 36
Seminole County Commissioner, District 2
REP Jay Zembower – 143 (Winner)
REP Don Menzel – 69
DEM Katrina Sadix – 55
Seminole County Commissioner, District 4
REP Joe Durso – 149 (Winner)
REP Amy Lockhart – 143
Circuit Court Judge, 18th Circuit Group 24
Melissa Dyan Souto – 142 (Winner)
Adam Pollack – 113
County Judge, Group 2
Debra Krause – 112 (Winner)
Wayne Culver – 80
Cameron Shackelford – 47
Seminole County School Board, District 1
Cade Resnick – 158 (Winner)
Alan Youngblood – 87
Kristine Kraus – 32
Seminole County School Board, District 4
Amy Pennock – 178 (Winner)
Gari Wright – 49
Bobby Agagnina – 42
Water Conversation District, Group 3
Amy Volpe – 120 (Winner)
Tony Tizzio – 91
Brandon Arguelles – 36
Water Conversation District, Group 5
Karen Heriot – 133 (Winner)
Shawn Kunz – 92
Casselberry Commissioner, Seat 1
Anthony Aramendia – 188 (Winner)
Neil Landgrebe – 45
Casselberry Commissioner, Seat 3
Mark Busch – 117 (Winner)
Laura Worrell – 57
Larry Littrell – 49
Casselberry Chamber of Commerce (CCC) produced this political event. Here is some brief information about the CCC. This organization consists of over 100 local businesses of varying sizes and professions and has been since 2003. For more information on CCC please visit www.casselberrychamber.com
If you did not get a chance to attend this Hob Nob, you’ll have to wait until 2020 June/July to visit this political event again. This was an exciting night for both the attendees and all of the candidates. Please support these candidates and vote in the upcoming elections. Every vote counts. If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. Also, join to be one of our followers at otownfun on WordPress. For more great events, places, and articles, please visit us out at http://www.otownfun.com
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